If you want the most up-to-date local weather based on your exact location, you might consider buying a smart home weather station. All these handy home weather station sit on your property, and they collect weather data right where you are.
Yes, you could hop on a weather app and check local conditions easily enough, but your station does more than tell you the temperature.
Yes, the station reports weather conditions, but it also helps you make accurate and informed decisions about your house’s temperature if you need to water your lawn, or even if swimming in your pool is safe due to localized lightning.
What Is so Smart About Home Weather Stations?
Back in the days of single-pane windows, all you had to do to check the weather outside was feel the window pane’s warmth or coldness.
Since then, tracking the weather is a bit more high-tech, and all that advanced technology makes your forecast more accurate than a windowpane.
Smart home weather station have a lot to offer.
First, the weather stations gather data to generate forecasts related to your location.
Also, if there is more than one weather station in your area, they work together to generate a forecast.
While having local weather conditions available is fantastic for those who want weather conditions such as wind, rain, and barometric pressure at their fingertips, there is another reason to consider a home weather station.
The smart technology of home weather stations helps sync your home with the local weather. For instance, if you have an irrigation system, your station can feed it information and help set a schedule to avoid over-or under-watering your lawn.
Also, the smart station helps with smart thermostats to ensure your home is comfortable.
Key Features of Smart Home Weather Stations
There are several key features to consider with a home weather station.
For instance, the sensors are vital because you want to track more than just the temperature. Wind speed and direction, humidity, and rainfall all play a part in your local weather forecast.
Also, how frequent the data transfers is critical for having an accurate temperature at the moment.
Lastly, the ability to remote access the data is another key feature to consider.
How We Reviewed the Smart Home Weather Station Choices
We reviewed each smart home weather station by considering more than the price. The ease of set-up is critical with a weather station, as no one should need to hire someone for installation. Weather stations have a main component and sensors set thoughtfully in your yard.
Also, accuracy is a key criterion of our review process. There is no point in buying a station you cannot trust to deliver accurate information on weather right where you are. Inaccurate weather is no better than feeling your windowpane.
Lastly, the ease of accessing the data generated by your station has a factor in our recommendation.
Weather Station Contenders
Here are the weather stations we believe deserve consideration.
AcuRite 5-in-1 Color Weather Station
The AcuRite wireless home station is one of the contenders for the best smart home weather station.
This weather station offers rainfall history as well as wind speed and direction. The wind sensor handles wind up to 99 miles per hour. The rainfall cup is self-emptying, so your ongoing rain collecting efforts are accurate.
The display offers real-time information about the temperature both inside and out, as well as the level of humidity. The data updates every 18 to 36 seconds, so you are on top of current conditions.
This home weather station tracks high and low records and will give an accurate forecast for your location.
This particular AcuRite model has an access hub display sold separately, and the hub allows you access to the AcuRite app. You can still see the real-time weather ticker on the display, however.
This station is incredibly easy to set up, too.
Pro+ 5-in-1 Weather Station with Acurite Access
This AcuRite smart station is similar to the one we mentioned above. However, it has some notable differences, including the access hub that comes with the bundle.
The data display for this smart station is self-calibrating as it pulls information from your sensors. Also, it features a Weather Ticker to stream information and alerts right to you.
The display gives you the information you would expect, such as what the weather actually feels like outside, warming and cooling trends, and your typical forecast information.
This particular station gives you access to AcuRite with their app, and it stores data for up to seven different sensors. You must use an ethernet cable to set this up to your internet router. Also, it works with either Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa, so you can get your information completely hands-free.
The data is transmitted every 18 to 36 seconds, which we have with other AcuRite weather stations. The station is easy to set up and can handle the elements.
Ambient Weather WS-2000 Smart Weather Station
Ambient Weather is responsible for the WS-2000 Smart Weather Station. This weather station brings together your local weather and the data from your weather station.
The dashboard from the website is accessible from your computer or smartphone. You have access to historical data as well as current data.
You can also set up email or text alerts to have notifications regarding weather patterns you wish to see. And if you want to download weather data to your computer to analyze later, you can do that too.
The display panel for this smart station is incredibly user friendly and easy to see and understand.
Furthermore, this station monitors soil moisture for your irrigation needs. This weather station also connects with your smart home features such as temperature control, lights, and even raising and lowering your blinds.
Another interesting feature of Ambient Weather Station is the optional leak detectors you can place on the floors to let you know if there is moisture.
Vantage Vue Wireless Weather Station
The Davis Instruments Vantage Vue Wireless Weather Station has a lot to offer, as well. It shows indoor and outdoor temperature and humidity. It also handles wind speed and barometric pressure, and rainfall. Pretty much anything you would want to know about the weather, the Davis Vantage Vue delivers.
The Davis smart home weather station’s advantage is the up-to-date information because the device updates every 2.5 seconds.
This weather station includes the sensor set-up, the console, and the hardware for mounting. If you want the mounting pole, you have to buy it separately.
Plus, the set up for the Vantage is easy.
It even has a “this time yesterday” feature for those who like to compare the weather to the day before. And this solar-powered weather station has lithium batteries just in case.
However, the console interface is a bit cluttered, and it takes some effort to understand.
Logia 5-in-1 Wireless Weather Station
Logia’s weather station is both affordable and user friendly.
The 5-in-1 station gives you real-time weather information, including temperature, rain, wind, and humidity.
The display is full color and shows you everything you would expect, including forecasts, moon phases, and the day and time.
Setting up this weather station is easy, as is its operation. When you open the box, you will find the station, an outdoor sensor, the console display, a power adapter, and the mounting hardware to set up either vertically or horizontally.
La Crosse Technology Remote Weather Station
La Crosse Technology’s weather station will not disappoint weather enthusiasts.
The V40-Pro includes multiple sensors for temperature, humidity, wind, and rain. The sensors detect the weather outside, as well as temperature and humidity inside your home. Plus, the wind and rain sensor detects the speed and direction of the wind and rain levels.
You can also program the sensors to alert you if you wish to know high and low temperatures and humidity levels when they reach a specific point.
The sensors require batteries as a backup, and the station has an optional 5v power adapter.
The sensors connect to a display and update every few seconds. This weather station also connects to the National Weather Service (NWS), and it contributes to data for your area.
The display for weather information is easy to understand, and you can customize the alerts, push notifications, and what you see on your display.
Davis Instruments Vantage Pro2
The Davis Instruments Vantage Pro2 is an industrial-grade smart home weather station with tons to offer.
This wireless version of the Vantage Pro2 includes several sensors. For instance, this station uses an anemometer to measure wind speed and wind pressure. Also, the anemometer is something meteorologists use to collect information on weather patterns.
In the case of this weather station, the anemometer is tested up to winds 200 miles per hour. If you live in a hurricane-prone area, this smart weather station is worth consideration.
The Vantage Pro2 includes a radiation shield, which protects the weather station from solar radiation and from the heat reflected onto the station.
Also, this station is solar-powered and can transmit a signal up to 1,000 feet. It tracks all the weather data you would expect, and it does so rather precisely.
The data for this weather station is fast, as are all Davis Instruments weather stations. Also, the console shows current and historical weather data. The display is not in color; it has several buttons and is a little complicated.
To get more understanding, read our Davis-Instruments Vantage Pro2 Review right here!
How’s the Weather Out There?
If you have a smart home weather station situated on your property, you will come to enjoy having real-time data on weather conditions at your exact location.
Also, most weather apps look at weather nearby, and that could be several miles away. The problem is many areas experience a micro-climate that is unique to a small area. So, the climate is different than the surrounding areas.
You can solve the micro-climate problem with a smart home weather station. A personal weather station helps you make accurate predictions regarding future weather and keeps you from being left out in the cold or the rain.
A smart home weather station can help you connect elements of your smart home. Some weather stations have sensors that trigger warnings about indoor flooding and can even let you know if you need to water your yard. If the weather drops, your smart weather station can send you a notification letting you know the house’s temperature is getting too low.
- Ambient Weather WS-2000 Smart Weather Station
- La Crosse Technology Remote Weather Station
- AcuRite 5-in-1 Color Weather Station
Ideally, a weather station should be mounted 4 to 6 feet above the ground.
You can get good results of a degree or so, but the humidity is poorly measured by the weather station. There can be 10 to 15% of fluctuation in the actual values.
However, mid-range and high-end weather stations work great and are much better.
You should follow these few simple steps:
- Easy to set up and install
- High quality and number of sensors
- Should easily connect to the data to weather underground
- Easy connectivity to wifi or internet
Weather stations are generally grounded for lightning and static protection rather than protection from faults.
There are various weather stations to consider, and while all of the ones we listed are fantastic, there is likely to be one that suits your needs best.
Personally, we went for the AcuRite Pro with AcuRite Access. We do not need to integrate a smart weather station to our smart home, but having access to customizable notifications and alerts through the app works perfectly for our home.
Plus, we can also confirm it is easy to set up and use, as our younger teenager did all the work and needed minimal assistance.
Which weather station did you choose? Let us know in the comments.
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